Department: TPC-Team 1D
Operating Unit The Providence Center
Location: Providence, RI
Job ID: 7536
Job Status: Full Time
Shift: Days
End Date:

The Providence Center



Job Title: Psychiatric Nurse

Division: Community Support Services

Location: 530 North Main Street

Reports To: Supervisor



Assess and provide prescribed treatment for psychiatrically disabled individuals, working as part of a team.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Perform psychiatric nursing in accordance with appropriate medical protocol.

____Provide accurate and timely information about medications and their side effects to the client and relevant others.

____Use medication maintenance strategies, determining that the doctorís orders have been accurately transcribed, implementing appropriately the prescribed medical regimen, monitoring lab results to validate medication compliance and assessing any aspect of the consumerís treatment regimen that endangers the level of wellness, communicating questionable aspects of consumer care to appropriate persons.

____Use physical assessment skills to determine related nursing interventions, including when medication exacerbates medical conditions and recognition of basic medical problems.

____Inform and educate consumers about mental illness, medication, coping skills, their rights as clients, services, community resources, self-help and the consumer movement.


Utilize best practices of intervention and support strategies.

____Teaches both simple and complex skills, including physical, social, cognitive emotional, and other relevant skills.

____Incorporate consumer choice in treatment.

____Make period reassessments and if warranted, change treatment plans.

____Demonstrate appropriate use of range of crisis prevention and intervention strategies, including crisis prevention and intervention, risk assessment, hospital alternative, hospitalization, and assessment of self care, performing calmly and professionally during crisis or emergency situations.

____Coordinate activities regarding consumer hospitalization, serving as liaison wit the hospital regarding admission, case review, and discharge.

____Comply with written clinical procedures and professional standards.

____Address the unique needs of individuals and co-occurring disorders (e.g., substance abuse, developmental and/or physical disabilities, personality disorders, trauma, brain injury, etc.) that consumers have.


Demonstrate current knowledge of issues and characteristics related to mental illness and its treatments.

____Integrate societal, cultural, racial, gender, and other issues related to mental illness and its treatments.

____Keep current about new developments in psychotropic medication and other biological interventions.


Design, deliver, and document highly individualized services and supports.

____Encourage and facilitate personal growth and development toward recovery and wellness.

____Integrate personal choices into treatment plans.

____Effectively access and integrate community resources and natural supports into service planning and delivery.

____Treat consumers with dignity and competence, engaging them as fully collaborators in service planning, delivery, and evaluation.

____Utilize consumerís ability and strengths.

____Include family members and caring others in all aspects of service planning, delivery, and evaluation.

____Assess the impact of mental illness on family relationships and dynamics that can place family members at psychological and physical risk.


Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues and civil rights.

____Comply with commitment laws and procedures (inpatient and outpatient commitment, disability, and relevant patient rights), and the duty to warn.

____Comply with client rights to informed consent for research and treatment.

____Comply with client rights to treatment, to refuse treatment, to privacy, to proper care and to treatment in the least restrictive manner.


Work collaboratively within and across the service systems.

____Demonstrate knowledge of TPC and its place with in the mental health system, including TPC mission, goals, and policies.

____Communicate information efficiently and accurately to appropriate individuals.

____Perform duties in accordance with departmental goals, objectives and standards and contribute to their formation and evaluation.

____Attend and participate in team meetings.

____Coordinate consumer care activities with case management staff.


Conduct activities in a professional and ethical manner.

____Provide treatment in compliance with TPC Code of Ethics.

____Follow ethical guidelines including informed consent, confidentiality, reporting of child and elder abuse, duty to warn, dual relationships, etc.

____Comply with TPC polices and relevant accreditation requirements.

____Identify and utilize available learning opportunities, including supervision, in-service training activities, professional and field related literature, conferences, and integrates new learning into daily work activities.

____Adhere to TPC infection control policies.


Conduct activities in a culturally competent manner.

____Use language and a communication style that is understandable to the consumer.

____Integrate culturally relevant information into assessment and treatment records.

____Develop treatment plans and records that include culturally relevant issues that impact treatment responsiveness.


Use evaluation and feedback to improve job performance.

____Systematically evaluate own work.

____Obtain and use collegial, consumer and family feedback.

____Accept and use direction and supervision.

____Benefit from constructive criticism.


Perform recordkeeping in accordance with Health Information Services (HIS) and other Center requirements.

____Complete daily activity logs.

____Complete initial assessment forms.

____Complete progress notes with appropriate format.

____Develop and implement a clear, specific, behaviorally oriented treatment plan with ongoing consumer and team input and with consumer signature.

____Complete insurance documentation as required.

____Complete required reports and evaluations.

____Follow required office procedures in a cooperative manner.

____Initiate and process incident reports as per Center guidelines.

____Adhere to Infection Control protocols.


Maintain cooperative relationships with consumers, staff and the public.

____Communicate with various local agencies and other departments or teams at The Providence Center.

____Work in cooperation with co-workers and supervisory staff.

____Deal with team members regarding problems in a constructive manner.


Attend trainings, case presentations and conferences.

____Provide feedback to staff on the content of educational programs attended.

____Participate in the education of other Center health professionals.

____Attend mandatory in-service trainings.



____Serve on appropriate Center committees.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Graduate of nursing school or college with a nursing license. Experience working with psychiatrically disabled patients. Bachelorís degree preferred.



Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively with consumers, their families and employees.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Rhode Island Registered Nurse (RN) license. Valid driver's license and insured auto required.



Knowledge and experience with psychotropic medication, and ability to work well with professionals from other disciplines in a team approach.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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